HIPRC News and Notes -- March 2018
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

For Brain Injury Awareness Month, we’re highlighting ways Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center is engaging the national conversation around traumatic brain injury.

Youth Concussions and Return to Learn

A new program from HIPRC seeks to equip schools helping students recover from concussions, a common form of traumatic brain injury.

While concussions are usually mild, symptoms such as headaches, shortened attention spans, poor memory, depression and irritability can negatively impact a student’s academic performance when they return to school. Read more about HIPRC’s resource packet and support on the blog.

Watch the HIPRC blog throughout March for more short profiles on ongoing TBI research projects by HIPRC faculty.

Adult TBI Webinar on April 25

Join leading experts on traumatic brain injury for a webinar about research and care designed for public health and medical professionals.

April 25
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST
$25 (Certificate of Participation)
$45 (CNE Credit)
Register online at Eventbrite.

Topics & Presenters

  • Special Considerations for the Elderly with Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, University of Washington School of Nursing
  • Psychological Sequelae with Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, UW Medicine & University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Rehabilitation and Outcomes after TBI with Jennifer Zumsteg, M.D., University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • In-hospital Care with Randall Chesnut, M.D., UW Medicine
  • Intersection of TBI and Domestic Violence with Peg Ogea-Ginsburg, MSW, Injury Prevention Program Manager, Nebraska Dept of HHS and Peggy Reisher, M.A., Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance Nebraska
  • Prehospital Care with Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, UW Medicine

Core member earns international recognition

Core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, will be inducted to the 2018 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this summer by Sigma Theta Tau, a global nursing organization. The honor recognizes sustained, significant research that has impacted the nursing profession and the people it serves.
Thompson’s work primarily focuses on both preventing traumatic brain injuries and improving their outcomes, especially among older adults. Thompson will present on this expertise as part of HIPRC’s webinar Hot Topics and Best Practice in Adult TBI on April 25.
Learn more about the recognition from the University of Washington School of Nursing.
Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, discusses drug use in Washington state on KIRO 7.
In the News
  • Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, was part of a town hall by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan about gun violence, covered by The Seattle Times. He also commented on the lack of data that currently hinders gun violence research in the U.S. in a story about CDC gun research at The Hill.
  • Core member Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, weighed in on the importance of vaccinating pre-teens against human papillomavirus for KOMO News.

Event Calendar

 March 21, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Geriatric Trauma Bundle PSIP Project” with Katie O’Connel, M.D., and Lis Powelson, M.D.
March 28, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Suicide Assessment & Intervention via Emergency Responders (SAIVER)” with Chris DeCou, Ph.D.
April 4, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Faculty Meeting
April 6, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club – Traumatic Brain Injury with Monica Vavilala, M.D. (Remote access available via ZOOM, contact Project Coordinator Devin Moore at for instructions.)

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

Save the Dates:

Training: safeTALK Suicide AlertnessMarch 20, 9 a.m. – Noon, UW campus, $75
safeTALK is a half-day training from Forefront to increase suicide alertness. Learn about the signs that someone you know may be considering suicide, how they may be signaling their distress to invite help, and how to respond in ways that link someone in a crisis with further suicide intervention help. Open to participants age 15 and up.
Training: “Incorporating Health Economics into your Grant Application”March 22, 9 a.m. – Noon, Room 1360, Ninth and Jefferson Building at Harborview Medical Center
This half-day workshop from HEIST will include: reasoning for health economics, cost analysis, defining and resources for an economic evaluation, including health economics in your specific aims/approaches in your grant, and participant decided topics/questions.

Webinar: Hot Topics & Best Practice for Adult TBI, April 25, 9-3:30 p.m. (Registration Required)

Safe Firearm Storage Event, May 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sportsman’s Warehouse, 1405 S. 348th St., Federal Way, WA 98003 (Volunteers Needed)

View the full calendar. 

Other Opportunities 

Call for Abstracts: The National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS)
Abstract deadline - March 16
Symposium - Oct. 16-18, Morgantown, WV
NOIRS is the only national forum focused on the presentation of occupational injury research. The Symposium brings together researchers, academicians, labor union representatives, safety professionals, industry leaders, and students from multiple disciplines and fields to advance the public health mission of keep workers safe. This year’s theme is: Advancing Worker Safety in the 21st Century Through Research and Practice.
Call for Proposals: The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
Proposals deadline – March 22
Meeting – Oct. 3-6, Portland, OR
The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care is now accepting proposals for pre-conference intensive workshops, concurrent workshops, and research posters for its 53rd Annual Meeting and Conference.

Call for Proposals: The AAP National Conference & Exhibition
Proposal Deadline – April 13
Conference – Nov. 2-6, Orlando, FL
The AAP National Conference & Exhibition draws more than 15,000 pediatric health care professionals, and offers over 350 sessions on hot topics in pediatric care.

Funding Opportunities 

2018 IARS Mentored Research Awards Up to four research projects will be selected to receive a maximum of $175,000 each, payable over two years. Applications for the IMRA may be in any area of investigation (clinical, translational, basic science), but must have ultimate relevance to the broad practice of anesthesiology and its subspecialties. The grants are intended to help create future leaders and prepare applicants to apply for independent research funding.
Submissions due April 30, 2018.

View more at UW Funding Opportunities.
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